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VP Pun congratulates Nepali football team

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun on Monday congratulated the Nepali national football team players, officials and the National Sports Council for winning the Bangabandhu Gold Cup held in Bangladesh.

The Vice President sent separate letters to national team captain Biraj Maharjan, head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan and NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista and congratulated them on the achievement.

He also wished for more achievments in the days ahead. “I am extremely happy and proud of the success of the Nepali football team in winning the title by defeating Bahrain with a huge margin of 3-0 in the final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup,” VP Pun said.

“I would like to extend humble congratulations and wishes to all the players, team’s coaches and affiliated officials in this hour of happiness for enhancing country’s pride and helping in keeping the Nepali people’s head high,” he further added.


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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz



KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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